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Pantry moths/rice bugs: whats the problem?

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Pantry moths/rice bugs: whats the problem?

al@Fairfax | May 10, 2006 11:18 AM

The recent posts on pantry moths and bugs in rice have got me wondering. I too have the moths and, yes, they are a mild nuisance buzzing around. I have found not bugs but tiny larvae in my jasmine rice from Thailand. (I assumed these were what recent poster meant by bugs.) I know that larvae will eventually ruin nuts, grains, etc. if in plastic bags or containers so I keep these in glass jars with tight lids or in the freezer. Moths are still around, however. But so what?

I mean are they harmful to health or merely an aesthetic annoyance? It is easy to scoop the tiny rice larva off the water by soaking the rice (and any left disappear when the rice is cooked anyway). The moths are not actually in the food and their larvae are very easy to spot and get rid of.

So I repeat: health problem or aesthetic one? Any ideas?

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